Pittsburgh columnist blames Pens loss on 'arrogance'

The Blue Jackets scored their first playoff victory in a hard-fought 2OT battle with the Penguins Saturday night. Rather than applaud Columbus' gritty effort, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Joe Starkey opined it was the Penguins that got the best of themselves. Here are some of Starkey's thoughts on Game 2 of the series, in which Pittsburgh squandered a 3-1 lead as the...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Can't Blame Bylsma

The Penguins played a dominant first period in game two against the Blue Jackets Saturday night in Pittsburgh, but someone must have swapped their gatorade for sleeping pills before they hit the ice for the second. Giveaways, sloppy passes, not enough shot attempts, not enough defense. That's pretty much what happened for the rest of the game. But don't go blaming the coach...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Yea, Kris Letang didn’t get the message. And it cost the Penguins in Game 2. ☆

Let’s go back in time. One day. The following things were said by Dan Bylsma on Kris Letang taking a bad penalty in Game One: “I think going into a series, there are certain players that you’re looking to put a dent on and go after and forecheck and be physical on,” Bylsma said. “Kris is one of those guys for our team. … I didn’t like the response from Kris. I think...
Via The Pensblog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 2 Between the Penguins and Blue Jackets

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) Line Shuffling Dan Bylsma is no stranger to line shuffling.  While there is some consistency to the lines when everyone is healthy, having the team at full health is rare occurrence.  Even when everyone is in the lineup, Bylsma has still been known to tinker with the line combinations to create a spark.  Witness Sidney Crosby’s line on Wednesday...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Dan Bylsma

Throughout the 2013-2014 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Dan Bylsma.  By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost)   Photo Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images   It’s about that time of the year, folks. There have been summaries of every player currently on the active roster of the Pittsburgh Penguins, so what’s missing...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pens – Blue Jackets Round One Discussion

We sat down with Andy Hughes, Ken Will, Meesh Shanmugam, Casey Johnston, along with Mike Colligan from The Hockey Writers and discussed a number of different topics heading into tonight’s opening game of the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets. What made this season different than previous seasons? Andy Hughes: Compared to last year, it was nice seeing...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bylsma Shows Potential in Win Over Avalanche

Michael Miller / Wikipedia I often criticized Dan Bylsma the last couple weeks. The Penguins often played without discipline, passion, energy and enthusiasm and it looked like Bylsma isn’t able to get his players back on track. Instead, he often got outcoached. But I have to tip my hat to Dan Bylsma this time! I have to admit that I feared last Sunday the Penguins might be swept...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins lose to Blue in familiar fashion

After a thrilling 4-3 overtime win against the Lightning on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins dropped the second game of their back-to-back home stand against the St. Louis Blues in a game that was eerily reminiscent of their loss to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals last season. St. Louis clogged up traffic in front of their own net and prevented the Penguins from...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Bylsma: Enough is ENOUGH! by @ExcitedBobErrey

I told myself I wouldn't write this post.I told myself I wouldn't compare Team USA under Dan Bylsma and the Pittsburgh Penguins under Dan Bylsma, because they're two completely different situations. The outcome of the Olympics does not affect Dan Bylsma's ability as coach of the Pens in the slightest. A Gold Medal for Team USA wouldn't make Dan Bylsma more likely...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Does Pittsburgh Deserve Bylsma? by @ChicksDigHockey

 It must be hard to be a coach or sports figure in the contentious world of Pittsburgh sports. The rabid sports fans of Southwestern Pennsylvania demand an unattainable level of perfection and accountability that leaves little room for the frailties of mortality. I offer the example of Dan Bylsma. He made the mistake of coaching the Penguins to a Stanley Cup victory the same year...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

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